Dozens of people held picnics outside restaurants in Nicosia and Limassol on Sunday to protest the new coronavirus restrictions that will ban the unvaccinated from key sectors, including pubs, coffee shops and restaurants before Christmas.

The initiative, organised by a social media group called United for Justice Cyprus, started at 2pm on Sunday at the Limassol castle and Ledras street in Nicosia.

Participants laid blankets and other fabrics on the ground where they sat down with containers of homemade meals and drinks. Some of them had coolers and cool bags with them.

Videos also showed some people dancing.

They said the aim was “to encourage more people to live freely,” and show in practice their refusal to comply with the new restrictions, their announcement said.

As of December 15, people aged 12 and above who have not received at least one shot of a Covid vaccine will be banned from both indoor and outdoor and outdoor places of hospitality venues, cinemas, theatres, and sports facilities.

The policy, which excludes workers at those establishments, provides that those with only one dose of a two-dose regimen must also present a negative PCR or rapid test.

Also, from December 18 onwards, no SafePass for these groups will be valid seven months after the second dose of a Covid vaccine without the holder having received a booster.

Free rapid tests will be available for the double vaccinated during the period before they must receive their booster according to SafePass regulations.